Getting started with materializecss

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Remarks

MaterializeCSS is a CSS and Javascript based front-end responsive framework, derived from Google's Material Design. It is based entirely on Google's Material Design guidelines and serves as a boilerplate in order to use material design in a better and fast way. It has some predefined plugins such as Scrollspy, Scrollfire, lightbox, parallax and much more.

Versions

VersionRelease Date
0.93.02014-12-19
0.94.02015-12-30
0.95.02015-01-17
0.96.02015-04-01
0.97.02015-07-02
0.97.72016-07-23
0.97.82016-10-30
0.98.02017-01-25
0.98.12017-03-21

Download

There are two ways to use MaterializeCSS, either you can download the files on your system or use the files from CDN (Content Delivery Network).

Download files

Include From CDN

  • Include minifed CSS in the head section:

    <!-- Compiled and minified CSS -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/materialize/0.97.7/css/materialize.min.css">
     
  • Include Javascript file in the Body section, just before the closing body tag.

    <!-- Compiled and minified JavaScript -->
    <script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/materialize/0.97.7/js/materialize.min.js"></script>
     

How can I compile my Sass

This section is only relevant if you work with the Sass version of Materialize.

First, you need to install Sass in your working directory:

gem install sass
 

When you have Sass installed on your project and you want to update your output .css file, you need to use the following command:

sass sass/materialize.scss public/style.css
 

NOTE: the second parameter sass/materialize.scss is the path to your .scss file, and the last parameter sass/style.css is the path to your output folder when the file .css file is located.

If you want to avoid this command every time when you do a change, you can run a watch command:

 sass --watch sass/sass:public/stylesheets
 

NOTE: this command watches all Sass files in the scss directory for changes and then update the style file into our public directory.

Setup

Once you've downloaded the files, extract your them into your designated directory.

You'll notice that there are two sets of the files. The min means that the file is "compressed" to reduce load times. These minified files are usually used in production while it is better to use the unminified files during development.


After extracting, your directory's file structure should look like:

  MyWebsite/
  |--css/
  |  |--materialize.css
  |
  |--fonts/
  |  |--roboto/
  |
  |--js/
  |  |--materialize.js
  |
  |--index.html
 

Example MaterializeCSS HTML page:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
 <head>
  <!--Import Google Icon Font-->
  <link href="http://fonts.googleapis.com/icon?family=Material+Icons" rel="stylesheet">
  <!--Import materialize.css-->
  <link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href="css/materialize.min.css"  media="screen,projection"/>

  <!--Let browser know website is optimized for mobile-->
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0"/>
 </head>

 <body>
  <!--Import jQuery before materialize.js-->
  <script type="text/javascript" src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-2.1.1.min.js"></script>
  <script type="text/javascript" src="js/materialize.min.js"></script>
 </body>
</html>
 

Templates

These are the simplest starter pages with a Header, Call-to-Action, and Icon Features.

Starter TemplateParallax Template
Starter TemplateParallax Template
Demo or DownloadDemo or Download

Using MaterializeCSS with Angular

There are many ways to use MaterializeCSS framework.

Few things to keep in mind before going to installation

  • It is not a CSS only framwork, though it has CSS name in it. We can use its SCSS too
  • It is not built for Angular
  • It is a component framework too built on jquery. Though we are not supposed to use jquery ( not suggested ) in angular, still we import .

You can use any of the following methods:

  • CDN
  • Assets
  • Include in Angular (NPM)
  • Include in Angular (source with SCSS)

Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.

CDN

Just add this to index.html and you are good to go .

 <!-- Compiled and minified CSS -->
  <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/materialize/0.98.2/css/materialize.min.css">
 
 <!-- We need jquery first -->  
  <script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.2.1.min.js"></script>

 <!-- Compiled and minified JavaScript -->
   <script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/materialize/0.98.2/js/materialize.min.js"></script>
 

Assets

Add it as an asset in your project. This helps in not depending on internet when building and running locally.

Download jQuery

Download CSS version

  • Extract them

  • Copy materialize.min.css , jquery-3.2.1.min.js and materialize.min.js in your assets folder

  • add them to index.html

     <link rel="stylesheet" href="./assets/materialize.min.css" >
     <script src="./assets/jquery-3.2.1.min.js"></script>
     <script src="./assets/materialize.min.js"></script>
     

Include in angular ( NPM)

In this method we directly include the files to our angular build. I am assuming the angular project is built with @angular/cli for simplicity.

Do

npm install materialize-css --save 
npm install jquery --save
 

This is same as downloading CSS files, but we dont need to add them in our repository.

Add the following to .angular-cli.json :

"styles": [
    "../node_modules/materialize-css/dist/css/materialize.css",
    "styles.scss"
]

...

"scripts":[
  "../node_modules/jquery/dist/jquery.js",
  "../node_modules/materialize-css/dist/js/materialize.js"
]
 

Include in angular (SCSS)

Download source with SCSS version

Do this if you want to take advantage of SCSS to change default behavior of the library. Otherwise you can still use previous method and use SCSS along side.

Add them to a folder outside src . May be create a folder materialize-src as sibling to src and paste the contents there. We are doing this because npm install of materialize-css doesn't give us scss version. (Correct me if I am wrong )

Install jquery

npm install jquery --save 
 

Add them to your .angular-cli.json

"styles": [
    "../materialize-src/sass/materialize.scss",
    "styles.scss"
 ],
 "scripts": [
    "../node_modules/jquery/dist/jquery.min.js",
    "../materialize-src/js/bin/materialize.min.js"
 ],
 

Integration with Angular:

The above all installation methods provide full functionality with materialize and no need to further install anything to work in angular. Take any example and just use the appropriate HTML structure inside the component part of angular and you are good to go.

In some instances you might need to tinker with javascript and for that we need to use jQuery. Instead of that we can use the angular wrapper developer at angular2-materialize. I developed a full functional site using angular and materialize and never felt a need for that.

If you still believe you need it . You can install as follows :

  • Install materialize with any of the above mentioned ways

  • Install angular2-materialize

     npm install angular2-materilize --save 
     

    Add in angular app.module.ts

     import { MaterializeModule } from "angular2-materialize";
    
     @NgModule({
       imports: [
         //...
         MaterializeModule,
       ],
       //...
     })
     

Web Page Using Materializecss

Here is an example of a basic page using the Materialize CSS framework which incorporates the grid system and materialboxed .

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<title>Materializecss Example webpage</title>
  <!--Import Google Icon Font-->
  <link href="http://fonts.googleapis.com/icon?family=Material+Icons" rel="stylesheet">
  <!--Import materialize.css-->
  <link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/materialize/0.97.7/css/materialize.min.css"  media="screen,projection"/>

  <!--Let browser know website is optimized for mobile-->
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0"/>
</head>

<body>
  <div class="container"> 
    <div class="row">
      <div class="col s12"><h3>MATERIALIZECSS EXAMPLE</h3><h4>A simple website just to show how an element is used.</h4></div>
      <div class="col s12 m6 l3">
        <img class="materialboxed" width="100%" height="220"  src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/76/Katun_nature_reserve.jpg">
        <h4>Katun Nature Reserve</h4>
        <p><i>Lovely Place</i></p>
      </div>
      <div class="col s12 m6 l3">
        <img class="materialboxed" width="100%" height="220" src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4b/Computer_art_4.png">
        <h4>Art</h4>
        <p><i>Simple & Attractive</i></p>
      </div>
      <div class="col s12 m6 l3">
        <img class="materialboxed" width="100%" height="220" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8715/16947318656_4c6cbc3091_b.jpg">
        <h4>Food</h4>
        <p><i>For any occasion</i></p>
       </div>
      <div class="col s12 m6 l3">
        <img class="materialboxed" width="100%" height="220" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/7/6179/6217102314_350be5e843.jpg">
        <h4>Steve Jobs</h4>
        <p><i>Inspiration</i></p>
      </div>
    <div class="col s12"><h5>Comment your suggestion</h5></div>
    </div>
  </div>
  <!--Import jQuery before materialize.js-->
  <script type="text/javascript" src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-2.1.1.min.js"></script>
  <script type="text/javascript" src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/materialize/0.97.7/js/materialize.min.js"></script>
<script>
$(document).ready(function(){
  $('.materialboxed').materialbox();
});
</script>
</body>
 

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